Scientology’s Interrogation of Children: Playing a role in the Cruise divorce?

The headlines are about a HUGE celebrity divorce but the underlying issues may be about belief and church that is based in pseudoscience.

What Katie Holmes is Saving Suri From: Scientology’s Interrogation of Children – New York News – Runnin’ Scared.

There was consensus among the tabloids that this split is over Katie’s concerns about the couple’s child, Suri, and Tom’s religion, Scientology. She’s seeking sole custody, which suggests this could be a long, tough fight between the celebrity duo.

If Katie is attempting to pull Suri out of Tom’s strange world before the girl gets any older, we asked several of our ex-Scientologist sources to explain what, at 6 years old, Suri was about to get into.

We talked with them about the oddities of Scientology schooling, and about the religion’s form of counseling — called auditing — which can begin as young as Suri’s age. But what may have convinced Katie to run was the frightening prospect that faces all Scientology kids beginning at 6 years old: a form of interrogation known as “sec checking.”

Tip: Jim Lippard

I asked Jim what the best angle to take was on this Scientology flare up and he pointed me to Tony Ortega’s blog, one post of which is cited above. If this story interests you, definitely check out his other posts. Jim has written a cover piece for Skeptic magazine on Scientology. It was astounding. He also told me this: “According to Scientology, children are ancient thetans, so they treat them like little adults” That can be good intellectually, but bad emotionally.

“Security checking,” called “sec checking” involves using the e-meter (like a lie detector) as an interrogation device. A lengthy lists of questions is asked to a member by an “ethics officer” to make sure they weren’t hiding any covert hostilities to the organization. As of age 6, children can be subject to these interrogations.

Ortega wrote:

Katie Holmes has had six years to understand how Scientologists are controlled through the use of interrogations, and it would not have been lost on her that children are sec checked in part to gather information about their parents.

The article contains the list of questions. If you read them, he noted, you might see why Katie might want interrogators to have nothing to do with her child.

More: Operation Clambake: undressing the Church of Scientology, the secrets of scientology and Scientology vs science by Rick Ross.

  9 comments for “Scientology’s Interrogation of Children: Playing a role in the Cruise divorce?

  1. July 5, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I can understand how two centuries again Joseph Smith’s being a con man & hack writer could be largely unknown but how converts to Scientology (aka Mormonism 2.0) can ignore the same about L. Ron is beyond me.

  2. July 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Oh look, another anti-Mormon connection to Scientology.

    The Mormons may be peculiar, but they share nothing in common with Scientology.

  3. Bob Jase
    July 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Now just where is the planet Kolob hiding?

    And Smith was just as much a con man as Hubbard – his fictional history of Jews in pre-Colombian America is no better than Hubbard’s bad pulp sci-fi.

  4. July 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    If God exists, He has to be somewhere, right? Where is He hiding?

    What happened to Joseph Smith can be compared to events in the Old and New Testaments. Are Moses, Daniel, John, etc, also con men? If so, then why single out the Mormons, and not include all of religion.

    But then this blog kind of frowns on religious bashing, so that would be as unethical as singling out the Mormons.

  5. July 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I do consider the writers of the bible to basically fit into the lunatics or liars or just plain ignorant bronze-age folks. There is no evidence for a historical Moses or Daniel & I don’t know which John you mean but I have no problem calling them con men.

    I don’t discriminate against different fictional characters.

  6. July 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I disagree, but fair enough.

  7. Marque
    July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I see a very close relationship between scientology and Mormonism. Both of them are obviously made up religions, as opposed to religions that grew organically in the wake of a “great” man or prophet. Christianity didn’t begin that way, although I’m sure Paul pushed the envelope a bit.

  8. Fastmover01
    July 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    While the “con man” moniker may apply to both, scientology was started by Hubbard as an experiment in human manipulation. He made no bones to his top people about his motives and even encouraged them to practice manipulation on thier own. While some here may disagree with Mormonism the have done far more good in communities than scientology ever has or will.

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